Stephen Ezell

Stephen Ezell
Vice President, Global Innovation Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Phone: 
202-449-1349

Stephen Ezell is vice president, global innovation policy, at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). He focuses on science and technology policy, international competitiveness, trade, manufacturing, and services issues.

He is the coauthor of Innovating in a Service-Driven Economy: Insights, Application, and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012).

Ezell comes to ITIF from Peer Insight, an innovation research and consulting firm he cofounded in 2003 to study the practice of innovation in service industries. At Peer Insight, Ezell led the Global Service Innovation Consortium, published multiple research papers on service innovation, and researched national service innovation policies being implemented by governments worldwide.

Prior to forming Peer Insight, Ezell worked in the New Service Development group at the NASDAQ Stock Market, where he spearheaded the creation of the NASDAQ Market Intelligence Desk and the NASDAQ Corporate Services Network, services for NASDAQ-listed corporations. Previously, Ezell cofounded two successful innovation ventures, the high-tech services firm Brivo Systems and Lynx Capital, a boutique investment bank.

Ezell holds a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with an honors certificate from Georgetown’s Landegger International Business Diplomacy program.

Recent Publications

August 6, 2019

A report by ITIF for the MAPI Foundation, a research subsidiary of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI).

June 25, 2019

Korea, Mexico, and Taiwan represent vital trade partners for the United States, not only as destinations for U.S. exports, but more importantly as key partners whose firms supply critical intermediate goods on which the health of America’s advanced-technology industries depend.

June 6, 2019

The United States must stand up for innovation in the debate over the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), ITIF's Stephen Ezell, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute's Richard Owens, and Fundacion Idea's Alberto Saracho write in The Hill.

May 20, 2019

Depending on how restrictive export controls are, U.S. firms could lose $14.1 billion to $56.3 billion in export sales over five years, with the missed export opportunities threatening from 18,000 to 74,000 jobs.

April 25, 2019

Countries with robust IP rights and protections must recognize that new energy, new tactics, and a new strategy are needed to encourage other nations to contribute more and detract less from global innovation.

April 15, 2019

Seven case studies showcase how IP rights are enabling innovators in Latin America to help solve some of the greatest global health challenges.

March 26, 2019

The EU has an opportunity to make major strides in the next wave of digital transformation. But it will need to adopt a forward-looking policy perspective that focuses on the benefits of connectivity, automation, and smart systems for Europe’s economy and society.

March 25, 2019

The Information Technology Agreement lowers tariffs on ICT products, which lowers their cost and spurs uptake and adoption among businesses and consumers. For Brazil, that could boost GDP nearly a full percentage point in 10 years.

March 4, 2019

Misusing the “march-in right” provision of the Bayh-Dole Act could negatively impact U.S. life-sciences innovation and result in fewer new drugs.

September 4, 2018

The practical effect of tariffs on key components used in cloud computing would be to advantage foreign technology competitors, thereby threatening U.S. leadership in both the adoption and provision of cloud computing services, and stunting U.S. growth.

August 24, 2018

A contagion of poor public policy is sweeping across Latin America in the form of the spreading use of compulsory licenses on novel pharmaceutical drugs, and it threatens to undermine the very ecosystem supporting the development of medicines designed to treat deadly diseases in the first place.

August 13, 2018

Manufacturing digitalization promises to transform how products are designed, fabricated, used, and serviced, but more needs to be done to facilitate the uptake of digital technologies by manufacturers in the United States, Korea, and beyond.

Recent Events and Presentations

August 7, 2019

In a presentation to the Iowa Innovation Council on The Future of Digital Manufacturing, Stephen Ezell explained how digitalization is transforming modern manufacturing.

June 25, 2019

ITIF hosted an expert panel discussion marking the release of a new report that examines the deep trade interlinkages and value-added trade flows between the United States, Mexico, Korea, and Taiwan across six high-tech sectors: automobiles, chemicals, computers and electronics, machinery, aerospace and other transportation equipment, and pharmaceuticals.

June 20, 2019

There is an increasingly intense focus in Washington on reducing the price of drugs to bring down health care costs.

April 16, 2019

Stephen Ezell presented about opportunities and challenges in Chile’s transition to a knowledge- and innovation-based economy at an event hosted by Chile’s Centro de Estudios Publicos on April 16, 2019.

March 7, 2019

America’s ascendance as the world’s leader in life-sciences innovation has been the result of thoughtful, intentional public policies, including robust funding for the National Institutes of Health

December 5, 2018

The U.S. needs to cultivate more and better clusters of small and medium-sized (SME) manufacturing firms in order to compete in a global industry with an increased reliance on smart manufacturing technologies. Join ITIF for a morning conference exploring how digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, 3D printing, and the Internet of Things are reshaping modern manufacturing and what policymakers can do to help foster high-performance SME manufacturing clusters.

November 15, 2018

Stephen Ezell gave the keynote presentation at the Life Sciences Tennessee Annual Conference on innovation economics and how smart public policies can stimulate Tennessee’s growing life-sciences innovation sector.

June 5, 2018

Please join ITIF and a panel of experts from Austria, the European Union, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom as they discuss how their countries are approaching innovation policy and regulation.

April 24, 2018

Please join ITIF and the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property for an event releasing a new report that documents 25 cases of primarily developing-world entrepreneurs meeting global health challenges by “innovating for health.” The event will discuss what policies, including intellectual property, are needed to underpin successful life-sciences innovation in both the developed and developing world and feature presentations from several developing-country healthcare innovators who are leveraging IP, science, and technology to create a better world.

March 7, 2018

Please join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the Larta Institute for a lunch briefing on Capitol Hill to explore best practices that leading companies and organizations have implemented to increase opportunities for women and minority entrepreneurs.

December 15, 2017

ITIF, the Washington Innovation Network, and AARP co-hosted a December 2017 event discussing how ICT and innovation can help tackle challenges presented by aging societies and explore how Japan has developed its “Society 5.0” agenda to address these opportunities and challenges.

December 1, 2017

Join ITIF for two expert panels on the intersection of technology and the future of U.S. manufacturing.